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DVD-Jerry Douglas' Dobro Techniques

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Take a lesson from the man the NY Times has called "Dobro's matchless contemporary master." On this DVD, Jerry Douglas shares the powerful techniques and unique sounds that have characterized his award-winning playing and have made him a legend among acoustic musicians.

Jerry starts by getting you tuned up and acquainted with the Dobro essentials - proper left and right hand positions, bar pull-offs and hammer-ons and a variety of right hand picking patterns. As the lesson develops, you’ll learn to master important techniques such as forward and reverse bar slants, "banjo" rolls, string pulls and how to combine rolls in complex picking sequences.

All of the techniques are brought together in detailed, note-by-note breakdowns of three great tunes: Fireball Mail, Cincinnati Rag and Banks of the Ohio. Jerry’s clear and concise teaching style, along with invaluable tips on musicianship and equipment, will help you become a better player. By developing bar control, fingerpicking skills, licks and song arrangements, you’ll gain insights and abilities that will bring your Dobro playing to new heights.

BONUS! This classic 1989 Dobro lesson now features a new introduction and interview with Jerry, recorded in 2004.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Douglas
  • Directors: Happy Traum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Homespun Tapes
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QQW36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Ross on April 26, 2005
90 minutes -- Jerry Douglas' name is synonymous with exceptional dobrology. His evocative resophonic guitar playing is characterized by influences of bluegrass, jazz, classical, Celtic and new acoustic music. His aqueous compositions give us a hint as to how Jerry Douglas earned his nickname "Flux." In large thanks to him, the dobro has grown in popularity, and we are seeing more kinds of music incorporate the instrument. Jerry's "Dobro Techniques" was originally released on videotape in 1989. Now on DVD, the lesson has been updated to include a new introduction from Jerry and interview (conducted by Happy Traum) recorded in 2004. The master musician shares some effective techniques and unique sounds that have characterized his award-winning playing and have made him a legend among acousticians.

After listening to Jerry play "Monkey Let the Hogs Out" and learning how to tune up, Douglas presents the basics of proper left and right hand positions, bar pull-offs and hammer-ons and a variety of right hand picking patterns. The lesson then addresses important techniques such as forward and reverse bar slants, banjo rolls, string pulls and how to combine rolls in complex picking sequences. The DVD could have had more on scales, but the rolls are great as are the slants and other techniques. All of the techniques are brought together in detailed, note-by-note breakdowns of three tunes: Fireball Mail, Cincinnati Rag and Banks of the Ohio. The tablature for these tunes could have included fingering to use (ie. thumb, middle, index) as well as accompaniment chords. Jerry's clear and concise teaching style, along with invaluable tips on musicianship, attitude, instruments and equipment, will help you become a better player.
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GRRRREAT DVD!!!!! Non Better Than Jerry Douglas "DOBRO"...I,m 84 Play Dobro daily, and Love n Thanx Jerry For ALL THE GREAT LEARNING I,ve Got FROM HIS DVD! Highly RECOMMEND THIS "DVD For Any-ALL, Wanna-be Dobro Pickers-Players? Jerry I For Real...He,s a "Dobro Disease" I wanna tell All You Dudes Who Been Stashing "An Ol,Dobro In Yer Closet FOR Years!!!!" Get The Dang THING OUT...Get Jerrys DVD...N Pick n Learn n PLAY.....Everyday! Jerrys DVD n Learing Techniques....Literally "Saturated My Brain"...like 10 yrs ago @ age 75, n now I,m about ?....well, Not a Jerry Douglas, but a "Close 2nd or 3rd in Line"! I play an Ol,1976 D60,SquareNeck "original-dobro" built in calif...back when! My email, is "OzarksDobro@yahoo.com" and it goe,s Everywhere...in the USA! Thanx, Amazon, for the Great Connect-To-A Great DVD @ A GREAT Price! SMSLesH
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Of course Jerry Douglas makes playing the Dobro look easy in his video clips on Youtube etc. But the Dobro is not an easy instrument. I have been playing stringed instruments for over 30 years and the Dobro is one of the hardest to get a handle on because of the "open" tunings. I would not recommend this DVD for somebody who needs to learn the basics. I would have been better off learning the scales etc. out of a book...You need a teacher who will show you the basic things like how to properly tune, dampen, and scales....Where is Mel Bay when you need him!
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Jerry gives great instructions on this DVD and the exercises are easy to follow. Dobro is very difficult to learn and this DVD helps tremendously

I can only recommend this DVD
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This video is a bit of a disappointment. The photo on the cover makes it seem like this is a recent technique video from Jerry Douglas. It is actually just a DVD transfer from an older VHS video. The video quality is not bad, but there are so many better resources than this now. Online lessons from Troy Brenningmeyer at [...] are much more contemporary and helpful. If you're a huge fan of Jerry, it's kind of cool to see him 20 years younger.
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The video quality sucks. It was made around 1989 even though the cover picture looks more new. Its almost useless to watch his fingers. In the video vs tablature they are a few spots where they are not the same. He gives a lot of information on chords and how to do things. He teaches two full songs with tablature. I think this is more for a person starting out or someone wanting to learn to proper way to pick each chord. He plays four songs but only two he teaches and one is worth learning.
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It was very helpful. I was very impressed with his teaching technic. I could play the dobro some, but needed some fine tuning and this video do it.
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By calvin on September 25, 2015
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It was put together very well. It was just a little more advanced then what I needed. Overall pretty good
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